National Support School







The Principal and staff at Park View Primary have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Eleanore Pickard is one of 107 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

NLEs along with staff in their school - designated a National Support School - use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.

NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those in transition to academy status. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteacher. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

Eleanore Pickard, Park View Primary Academy said: “On behalf of Park View Primary, I am delighted that our talented staff have been recognised for their dedication and exceptional creativity in teaching and learning, and for the inclusive and creative curriculum we have achieved. We are all looking forward to the exciting opportunities ahead as we continue to support and learn from other academies and schools across the country.”

Many NLEs/NSSs report improved outcomes at the schools they support.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:

“It’s fantastic that heads like Eleanore Pickard have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people not just in their own but in other schools as well.

“The aim of National Leaders of Education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,100 NLEs and we will be working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”